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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Did You Know? Cafe Royal Hotel

June 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Cafe Royal Hotel has a pugilistic history. Some of the early rules of boxing were first written down in the building,
and from 1951 the Café Royal became the home of the National Sporting Club, which held black-tie dinners there
before bouts.

Cafe Royal Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did You Know? Grand Regina Alpin Wellfit Hotel

June 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Grand Regina Alpin Wellfit Hotel has a clear view of the famous Eiger North Face and the whole world of the Alps.

Grand Regina Alpin Wellfit Hotel

 

 

 

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Did You Know? Ballyfin

June 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Ballyfin
Ballyfin
, which was built in the 1820s and restored and reopened in 2011, is considered by many to be the grandest hotel in Ireland. But it's also home to one of the grandest collections of art on the Emerald Isle. 

Ballyfin

The house itself was built in the 1820s for another Sir Charles Coote to designs by the great Irish architects Sir Richard and William Morrison.


Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today. Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.

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Did You Know? Thornbury Castle

June 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Thornbury Castle

 

Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor Castle in all of England. Work on Thornbury Castle started in 1511 under the direction of Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham. Unfortunately, the work was halted in 1521 when the Duke was executed on the orders of his distant cousin Henry VIII for alleged treason. But all seemed to have been forgiven and completed by 1535, when King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, stayed at the castle. Princess Mary, later Queen Mary I, also lived here for several years. 

Today, much still remains of the original 16th century building. Everywhere there is fascinating historical detail to enjoy – coats of arms, intricate oriel windows, arrow loops and ornate carved ceilings. Thornbury has also always had a vineyard within the castle walls and Thornbury Castle wine is still produced today.

 

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Did You Know? Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

June 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo




Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
is a beautiful resort on the Italian coast that faces the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west. Surprisingly, it has an extensive history as a site for political treaties.  1917, The Excelsior Palace Hotel was  the location for the Allied summit at Rapallo, where conditions for the conclusion of World War One were thrashed out. The Excelsior was also the setting for the Italo-Yugoslav Treaty of 1920, and the Russo-German agreement of 1922.

 


 

 

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Did You Know? GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

June 4, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

  

GoldenEye


What's the connection between Jamaica, Island Records, James Bond, and GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

GoldenEye

 

 

James Bond is famous for his travels to exotic and luxurious locales. That's no surprise, given that the man who dreamed him up worked for British Naval Intelligence during WWII. It was during his service that Fleming was sent to Jamaica to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. Fleming fell in love with the tropical island and vowed to return as soon as he could. The name of the naval operation he was working on? GoldenEye. Fleming bought property in the village of Oracabessa Bay (which means Golden Head) and built his dream home after the war ended. There was James Bond born out of Fleming's no-doubt brain. 

 

It took Island Records founder Chris Blackwell to turn Fleming's home into a luxury hotel. Blackwell bought the property in 1976. He has since expanded the property into a 52-acre world-class property. 

 

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Did You Know? Dunton Hot Springs

May 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Dunton Hot Springs is now an perfectly restored ghost town turned luxury retreat. The history of the property stretches back to 1885, when the town of Dunton was established. Dunto was a mining camp, with mines located about 1/2 mile from the log structures that comprised the town. After a mining boom and bust, the town was nearly deserted by 1918. The property spent the next 80 or so years as a cattle ranch and then a dude ranch for tourists. It closed down in the mid-1990s, and was bought in 1994 and subsequently renovated.

Dunton Hot Springs

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Did You Know? Inn at Pelican Bay

May 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 
There are literally dozens of golf courses in Naples, FL. The Inn at Pelican Bay is just blocks from pristine Paradise Coast beaches, award-winning golf courses, and fabulous shopping opportunities, this hotel in Naples, FL provides a delightfully serene retreat.

The Inn at Pelican Bay 

 

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Did You Know? The Ranch at Rock Creek

May 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Ranch at Rock Creek has all-inclusive rates based on type of accommodation. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Trapper is a secluded Canvas/Wood cabin, 10 minute bike ride from Granite Lodge. It accommodates a king bed, kitchenette, private tub on the patio. Located up against Rock Creek with unparalled wilderness.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

 

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Did You Know? Wailea Beach Villas

May 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

These ultra-luxurious Penthouse suites and villas at Wailea Beach Villas are generously sized up to 3,100 square feet and feature a great room with an open floor plan comprising a living room, dining area and gourmet kitchen, complete with an embellished coffee bar. A private lanai with Viking barbecue grill is perfect for entertaining.

Wailea Beach Villas

 

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